Now that June 21 has come and gone, we can finally say it’s summer. Unfortunately, those rising temps could also mean rising energy bills. If you’ve noticed your energy bill slowly start to climb, you’re not alone: simple tasks we perform every day might be draining our bank accounts. Not to fear: there are ways to save some money without sacrificing your comfort.
1. Close your windows
Did you know you can lose nearly 40% of heat through inefficient windows and doors? The same principle can be applied to your air conditioning. While keeping your windows closed during the summer seems like a cardinal sin, it’s the best way to keep your home cool for your pets and family. Enjoy the summer breeze on cooler days instead. Promote your home’s efficiency by installing new, double pane glass windows to improve your much-needed insulation. It’ll also cut the costs in the winter too.
2. Unplug your home’s appliances
This idea has been tossed around for years, but it really works; though your electronics and appliances use the most energy when you’re utilizing them, they still drain small amounts of electricity when they’re not in use. This can include items like your phone charger, microwave, and television.
Before you leave for the day, consider unplugging unnecessary items. This is especially easy to do if you have a power strip, so you don’t need to unplug a million different things around your house. Always leave the refrigerator running, however — you might not cry over spilt milk, but spoiled milk is another issue.
3. Check out your home’s HVAC system
If your HVAC system isn’t running properly, you might be wasting a bunch of energy on a useless hunk of junk. Get your HVAC system inspected twice a year to make any necessary repairs. Cleaning your system at the start of each season is a great way to improve your HVAC system’s longevity. If you’re sinking too much money into keeping your air conditioner running, however, don’t be afraid to buy a new one.
4. Make the switch to LED lights
LED lighting may have a larger up-front cost, but it’s worth it in the long run. LED lighting produces 85% more light and uses 15% less energy than a traditional light bulb. It’ll also last longer, saving you money in the long run.
5. Take a dip
While summer often means vacation-time, if you haven’t racked up the proper credit card points or booked in advance, it’s better to have a “staycation.” Finding ways to relax at home, like taking a dip in the local watering hole or going swimming with the kids, will lower your electricity bill as you find other ways to cool down.
Saving money in the summer can seem like an impossible task between staying cool and celebrating the many holidays with friends and family. Luckily, following these simple tips will lower your bills despite the heat.